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The worst thing about this Jerome Williams injury is he has great promise as a blog subject, what with his Hawaiian music thing. Meanwhile, John Patterson played catch for the first time and was encouraged, but it's not like they really need him. This pitching staff is unbeatable. Twenty-one runs over the past seven games? That's the best in the NL East. If you had given me 10-1 odds before the season that the Nats staff would allow the fewest runs in the NL East over any seven-game span this season, I'm not sure I would have taken it.

New Cap Nicklas Backstrom. Where can you buy the action figure? (By Jacques Boissinot -- Associated Press)

The Caps' signing of Nicklas Backstrom might not be surprising, but it does have the bloggers blogging. Mike Vogel at the Caps site has much more on this, quoting the Swedish national coach saying Backstrom needs to get more intense and explosive. And D.C. Optimist calls him "Stycke av Pussel," or "piece of the puzzle," he thinks.

Adam Schefter doesn't waste any time in suggesting that Jason Cambpell has looked Pro Bowl good in OTA's. Seriously, there's nothing better than being a Skins fan in May. I'll get on board this Pro Bowl train, why not?

Also, apparently the team's new radio frequency in the Hampton Roads area is "as erratic as Mark Brunell's arm." It's hard for me to believe as savvy an organization as the Redskins would possibly subject loyal fans to a less-than-stellar radio signal, so I'll assume this is gonna get worked out.

A CSTV lax analyst picks against the Hoyas in their quarterfinal with Hopkins, while an analyst says the game will turn on goaltending and special teams.

I know this is old, but did you see one of D.C. United's primary investors, Will Chang, talking about buying soccer teams in Europe? (Thanks to DCenters.)

Check out This Could Be The Year, an open letter asking Ted Lerner to donate money to D.C. schools if attendance rises about last year's level. This is the perfect year for bizarre proposals sent to the entire local sports media community, besides bloggers. (Via Deuce of Davenport via Capital Punishment)

The Harrisburg Senators will stay in Harrisburg for at least 29 years after being sold to an ownership group including the son of Jerry Reinsdorf. (Thanks to Nationals Farm Authority.)

Sidney Ponson's release means he's now free to start for the Orioles, or possibly the Nats, this weekend. (Nationals Enquirer, and this is made up, for the record.)

Apparently Gilbert has publicly disparaged the video game he's now promoting. (Gilbertology)

The Redskins have, by far, the largest waiting list for season tickets in the NFL. (Via Hogs Haven)

By Dan Steinberg  |  May 17, 2007; 8:59 AM ET
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You're quickly learning that there's an inverse relationship between a baseball player's talent and skill and their personality!

Posted by: Chris | May 17, 2007 9:17 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: chimprage | May 17, 2007 10:28 AM | Report abuse

that picture does not look like a hockey player. In fact it looks like basketball, Spurs-Nuggets

Posted by: Anonymous | May 17, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I looked at the proposal you mentioned - This Could Be The Year .
Bizarre indeed, but brilliant too. Lerner has nothing to lose by accepting the proposal, and everything to gain. (See the write up at Deuce of Davenport.)
Maybe the sports blogosphere, and DC bloggers too, could pick this up and run with it.
BTW: I notice the proposal was sent to a bunch of people in the MSM, including the WaPo's Wilbon, Kornheiser, and Colbert King. C'mon guys - the ball's in your court! Do something!!!!

Posted by: Mark | May 17, 2007 11:59 AM | Report abuse

I really like that proposal, especially since the Lerners are spending way less than one percent of the amount the city is spending on the stadium. They and Kasten can't say that that money would have otherwise gone to player development or whatever, because they never expected to have that extra money anyway.

Posted by: Juan-John | May 17, 2007 2:03 PM | Report abuse

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